Michelle Rodriguez says she might leave the 'Fast & Furious' franchise if there aren't better roles for women

Michelle Rodriguez Fast and FuriousUniversal PicturesMichelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz in ‘Furious 7’

In the wake of the critical and commercial success of “Wonder Woman,” women in the film industry are openly talking about needing better roles.

Actress Michelle Rodriguez has appeared as Letty Ortiz in five of the eight “Fast and Furious” films since the franchise started in 2001. Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Jason Statham have all had starring roles in the franchise while the women, including Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Gal Gadot, and Nathalie Emmanuel, have usually taken a backseat. 

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Rodriguez expressed her frustration with the limited roles women have in the franchise. 

“‘F8’ is out digitally today,” she wrote. “I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise.”

Charlize Theron had a major role in “The Fate of the Furious” as the primary villain and Helen Mirren had a small role, which could mean the franchise is taking its female cast seriously moving forward.   

 

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